Those of you who don't know, I'm am a nurse and was working as a nurse when I was pregnant with my son. One day I was taking a nap and woke up with left sided weakness. Being that I was 35 weeks pregant I just thought that I had a pinched nerve in my back. For three days the weakness continued, and then I mentioned it one day to another nurse. She told me to call and let my OB know. After I got to thinking, and began worrying I made the treaded phone call. Once they looked at my history of having a hole in my heart from birth they immediately sent me to a cardiologist.
The cardiologist ran a ton of tests, and also put a 24 hr monitor on me. It was two days later that they called me at work to tell me that I had a mini stroke and that the Doctor wanted to see me immediately. The Doctor was actually upstairs in the hospital so I went to see him in a private room. He explained to me that the wall that formed in my heart, due to the hole in my heart, collected some plaque which threw a blood clot causing me to have a stroke. I was 35 weeks pregnant with my son and devastated! At this point all they could do was give me a baby aspirin a day and keep monitoring me. I delivered a very healthy baby boy and 6 weeks after he was born I was given a clean bill of health from the cardiologist, but instructed to take a baby aspiring for the rest of my life.
13 months later I got pregnant with my daughter. Due to the history of the stoke they ran some blood tests. There were three possible blood disorders that I could have. Turns out that I not only had one of these disorders, but I had all three - yep that's right... Three blood disorders that all did the same thing. They form clots in my blood, which is exactly why I had the stroke with my son. They sent me to a high risk physician who then put me on 27 pills a day, along with 2 injections a day that I had to give myself in the stomach. I was a walking pharmacy!
But that's not all. The doctors told me that with every pregnancy I had it would increase my risk of having a massive heart attach or severe stroke, so they recommended that I not have anymore children. I was 27 years old, who has to deal with this kind of stuff when their 27?!?
By the way... these are jeans that I couldn't fit into three months ago. Their one of my favorite pair of "baggy" jeans, and they weren't so "baggy" when I couldn't even fit into them! And you will have to forgive me for the belly button - I've had three surgeries through it!